If We Controlled Your Remote… 1/10/18

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, the third season of The Magicians kicks off on Syfy. As the second season came to a close, Penny learned that he had “cancer plus” and was dying and only had three weeks to live. Meanwhile, in Fillory, Eliot and Margo started to execute their plan to take back their kingdom. However, in exchange for helping her re-enter Fillory, the Queen of Fairies took Margo’s right eye. Eliot and Margo threw a party to lure brother gods Umber and Ember into their trap. After Ember killed his own brother, Quentin, with Julia’s help, used a sword to kill Ember. They believed they had saved magic, but when Alice heard the news, she was concerned that Ember and Umber’s parents, the creators of the universe, would send something to avenge the death of their children. Sure enough, the literal plumber of the gods cut off the supply of magic to Brakebills, the library, and Fillory.

In Fillory, the fairies used this lack of magic as their opportunity to forcibly seize and occupy the castle. At Brakebills, Dean Fogg resorted to teaching his students magical theory, in hopes that magic might still return. Meanwhile, Julia sneaked onto campus and showed Quentin that she could still create a small spark, which gave him hope. Finally, Joseph the monk appeared to Alice, warning her that The Lamprey was coming after her.

Will the group find a way to restore magic to Brakebills, Fillory, and the rest of the world? Can Julia’s spark of magical ability be harnessed into more? How long can Penny survive by staying in the library, immune from the passage of time? And will magic return in time to find a cure for his cancer? What is after Alice, what does it want, and can it be stopped? And how are Eliot and Margo going to take back Fillory from the Queen of Faries? I’ve already checked out tonight’s wonderful season premiere. I had forgotten how much I had missed this show’s great mix of humor, sarcasm, action, and drama. There is an especially fun scene between Eliot and Margo that made the TV fan in me so giddy. The premiere sets up several interesting quests for the characters that are sure to intersect over the next few weeks. It looks like we are in store for another thoroughly entertaining and magical season!

This past summer I got the opportunity to talk with some of the cast/creators of the series at San Diego Comic-Con. You can check out my press room Q&A videos at NoReruns.net. http://www.noreruns.net/2017/08/17/magicians-press-room-san-diego-comic-con-2017/

On tonight’s premiere, “The Tales of the Seven Keys,” Quentin tries to find someone who can bring magic back; Julia explores her small, but significant, gift; Eliot and Margo struggle under the hostile fairy occupation; Kady searches for a way to heal Penny.

See how the season starts tonight on Syfy at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching The Goldbergs, Modern Family, American Housewife, Match Game, The Amazing Race, The Blacklist, The X-Files, 9-1-1, Happy!, and The Librarians.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Phoebe’s Choice

Last week on Happy! things started right where they’d left off with the evil, molesty, kidnapping Bad Santa gripping the show’s eponymous character in his hands. Happy (voiced by Patton Oswald and animated with CGI) is of course an imaginary flying unicorn that can only be seen by those who believe in him. Bad Santa’s excitement in capturing the magical beast was short-lived, however, as Nick recovered from the last round of their fighting and promptly kicked his ass. He punched the Santa so hard that he puked up his lunch, but the cops showed up and the villain got away. Nick found a clue in his vomit though: a fortune from a fortune cookie.

They went to the local fortune cookie factory, where the manager hilariously informed him that every fortune was written individually for the specific person who would eventually receive it after a meal at a Chinese restaurant. It’s a ridiculous concept, but apparently it’s true, because based on the fortune the Bad Santa puked up, she was able to point him at the Chinese place that the cookie was delivered to.

Meanwhile, two of Nick’s exes were tracking the Santa via their own investigation. The episode culminated in Merry and Nick both finding his warehouse at the same time. She attacked Nick, assuming he was the bad guy. By the time they straightened it out, it was clear that the evil Santa moved the kids. In the final scene, we saw he was driving them somewhere in a van.

This show, based on a comic book by Grant Morrison, almost slipped under my radar, but damn am I glad I found it. The original story was only 4 issues, and this show will run 8 episodes. This is not your basic super hero story. It is a story of a foul-mouthed hitman teaming up with a child’s imaginary friend. It is hilarious and over the top. Highly recommend!

On tonight’s episode, “White Sauce? Hot Sauce?” following a destructive family reunion, Sax and Happy go their separate ways; Merry is under investigation by Internal Affairs; Hailey and children are introduced to a far more terrifying prison.

Learn what prison Hailey and the children are facing tonight on Syfy at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The X-Files, Vikings, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Megan’s Choice

Last week, the new show 9-1-1 premiered, and I am in love! The first episode brought us a sex-addict firefighter, a newborn baby in a drain pipe, and a little girl held hostage by two men who broke into her home. I was incredibly impressed by the level of action in first episode, and I hope that it wasn’t a ploy to get us hooked that won’t continue. Overall, if you didn’t give the show a chance last week, I urge you to try it out this week.

On tonight’s episode, “Let Go,” a night at an amusement park takes a deadly turn when a rollercoaster malfunction leaves lives hanging in the balance. Abby is relieved after getting some help taking care of her mother and tentatively reaches out to Buck, who is struggling with the “life or death” nature of the being a firefighter. Meanwhile, Athena and Hen respond to an unusual home invasion, and a couple’s dispute leads to a dramatic rescue for Bobby.

To see what intense situations this show brings us this week, tune in to FOX at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching Chicago PD, The Amazing Race, SEAL Team, Criminal Minds, and Law & Order: SVU.

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